Mentee Scheme

Festival mentoring scheme supporting 16-28 yr olds with a barrier to employment seeking a freelance career in the creative industry. Download the info pack developed by the current mentee cohort.

Read Esme Fisher's article about the festival mentoring scheme in the Hastings Online Times. Check out her Artist Digital UK commissioned project on the AltPitch web site/social media platforms.

Preparations are under way for 2022 with 7 early career artists on the festival mentoring scheme working alongside the core team in curation, development of the partner projects and supporting the festival fundraising committee which makes the festival accessible to children in the Hastings and St Leonards area who would not otherwise be involved.

Video by mentee Esme Fisher. Music by Alice Beadle. Meet the core team and the festival mentees.


Our mentees learn how to utilise their core skills in a freelance career while gaining the additional skills for festival delivery work. We support them to overcome personal barriers to employment.

If you would like to be considered for the scheme, set up in 2020 through a SECCADS pilot and subsequently funded by Arts Council England and Hastings Borough Council, click here. We have a waiting list for this unique, over-subscribed scheme and engage with our waiting listers. Thank you to 18 Hours & Leisure and Learning who work with us and link with their event and digital curation training schemes.

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